Peacemaking Warriors

An encouraging sign of the times is the increasingly widespread recognition of the fact that human warfare cannot end war any more than hate can mollify malice, than fear can antitode apprehension of evil, than shadows can dispel darkness. The only peacemaking warriors are they who recognize that their enemies are not other men but wrong thoughts, for, as Christ Jesus said, "a man's foes shall be they of his own household." In other words, wisdom leads us to perceive that men's foes are the disrupting and discordant beliefs which finds response in and operate within their own consciousness. A roll call with ourselves of our thought conditions may expose the presence of such disturbers of the peace as fear, ignorance of God, animality, selfishness, jealousy, and other war-provoking tendencies.

Christian Science presents the simple and scientific method of destroying evil and discord which was understood, taught, and practiced by Christ Jesus. He knew that God, good, is the Father of all that is real and true, and that God's creation or expression is necessarily good, harmonious, and perfect. This understanding of the truth enabled the Master to heal or displace error—sin, sickness, and death. He knew, and Christian Science teaches, that it is only by scientifically classifying evil as error and dealing with it as false that peace, health, and harmony can be established in human experience. Mrs. Eddy gives definite instruction regarding this in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." On page 29 we read: "Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course." Everyone must meet and master for himself whatever is unlike God, Truth and Love.

Suburban Lectures
March 24, 1934

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